Thursday 8 March 2018

New IPC units - World Languages


Bienvenue en France and Tour du Monde are our new IPC units focusing on learning a second language. They form part of our new content launch for the IPC this Spring.  

We spoke with the writer of this unit, Emma Bonnin, to find out about using our World Language Learning Goals and the creation of these units. Emma is an experienced teacher and assistant head. She is also bilingual and has been an IPC lead in school.

Can you explain a little more about the World Languages Learning Goals?

 The IPC World Languages Learning Goals have been structured under the headings of listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural awareness. These all interweave throughout the unit, though the speaking and listening are key to learning any language. Tasks primarily focus on either language acquisition, using listening, speaking, reading and writing learning goals, or they focus on cultural awareness and use those goals. We have interwoven both types of tasks to make the learning as broad as possible.

 *If you are already a Fieldwork Education member school you can read more about World Language Learning Goals on My Fieldwork here.*

How and when do you suggest teachers use these units?

I would suggest they are in Autumn 1, at the beginning of the milepost, and like other IPC units, taught in order for the normal 6 weeks duration. In the remainder of the milepost, follow the advice in the big picture about how to continue language learning with games, stories, cartoons and regular key vocab building.

How have these new units been structured?

There is a mix of language acquisition tasks and those that focus more on cultural awareness. Both use the World Languages Learning Goals. They are like other IPC units that have a range of different subjects, so they also include different curriculum areas. Both units begin with tasks using the World Languages Learning Goals, moving on to the other subjects, which then enables children to apply knowledge to their subject tasks.

The research activities are written in a slightly different way to many other IPC tasks, because of the nature of acquiring new knowledge about a language e.g. learning the numbers up to 10.

 Speaking is the basis of all language activities, and they are very interactive.

How have you used the new World Languages Learning Goals?

With any language learning, the learning has to be reviewed regularly for children to consolidate their knowledge. All the World Language Learning Goals are covered across the two mileposts, although most Learning Goals are used across both the units, the content has been split into basic vocab acquisition (Milepost 2) and sentence building and grammar (Milepost 3). A very small number of Learning Goals are covered only in Milepost 2, such as counting up to 10.

We would suggest less emphasis on the accuracy of spelling at an early stage, particularly with French where there are lots of silent letters. The main emphasis should be on developing a love of learning another language and correct pronunciation.

How do these 2 units relate to each other?

The key vocabulary learnt in Milepost 2 informs the sentence building of Milepost 3. The French cultural awareness tasks in Milepost 2 also helps to build children’s knowledge of global developments which are subsequently covered in Milepost 3.

Describe an exciting resource that you’ve included in this unit

The French games website is really great for people beginning with French – it really helps children get to grips with the correct pronunciation for a wide variety of topics. 

What do you think learners will enjoy about this unit?

There are a wide range of resources used, such as the cartoons, which I think learners will really enjoy. The wide range of topics, from sport to film will help keep learners engaged. The units are very hands on and creative. I think weaving culture in with language acquisition will appeal to both learners and teachers. I hope that learners will get excited about learning another language!

What do you think teachers will enjoy about this unit?

I think the way it has been structured makes it really easy for teachers to pick up and work with. We’ve also included lots of links to make it really easy to get the information and resources for any of the tasks. Designing this unit for a non-French speaker to deliver hopefully means we can support many more teachers to try teaching another language.

Fun facts:

Milepost 2

  • France's tricolor flag (blue, red and white) was introduced during the French Revolution of 1848. The three colours represent the ideals of the French people - liberty, equality and fraternity.
  • Shifumi is the French version of rock, paper, scissors.

Milepost 3

  • There are 29 countries outside of France that have French as one of their official languages?
  • Did you know that DOM TOMs are areas outside of France where the inhabitants have the right to vote for the French president?!

If you are a Fieldwork Education member school our World Languages Learning Goals are available on My Fieldwork


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